Pancake Maker Magic on Pancake Day

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This is a plug for family traditions.  We’re not Catholic but we love the humble holiday of Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday).  We pull out all the stops and experience pancake maker magic – you can, too!  We’re sharing it here for our third installment of #hotforbreakfast Hot Breakfast Month!Pancake Maker Magic l Sourdough Ebelskivers l Celebrate Pancake Day l Homestead Lady.comaffiliate disclaimer for top

I like any holiday that’s so simple all you have to do is become a pancake maker to celebrate it.  Pancake Day is traditionally a Catholic holiday (although other Christian sects observe it), celebrated right before Lent when eggs and fats are forbidden as part of an introspective spiritual observance of the time before Easter.  In order to prevent their going to waste, those ingredients are used up making pancakes for dinner.  What genius!

Pretty much every culture on earth has some kind of pancake – injera, crepes, tortillas, naan – it’s all just a pancake of sorts.  And I love.  every.  single.  one.

We were introduced to a new-to-us kind of pancake this year in the form of an Ebelskiver, a very traditional Danish pancake.  Using a pan with small wells all around it, you make these with basic pancake ingredients although you add egg whites for creating the traditional poof.  There are scores of recipes on the web and we even found this little cookbook.  In order to ease the use of grain on our tummies, we sourdoughed our batter and it worked wonderfully.  Culturing our batters and dough with sourdough has brought such healing to our family – grateful for those happy, little yeasts and bacteria!

This Ebelskiver pan is truly a magical pancake maker.  You fill the wells, wait for them to bubble, turn them over with bamboo skewers (trying hard not to crush them) and after a few more minutes you have this wickedly tasty little pancake poof.  It’s extra decadent when you fill them with something like apple pie filling or chocolate chips.  Even the ones you completely deform as you learn your new skill taste divine.Pancake Maker Magic with Ebelskivers l They dont have to be perfect to taste great l Homestead Lady (.com)You really do need the right pan to act as your pancake maker for these Ebelskivers – it’s what gives them their distinct shape.  I’m just making friends with cast iron this year and am slowly learning how to use this pan.  My son and I have done several experiments since Christmas (when we got the pan) and are getting pretty good at it.  We always seem to burn the first batch regardless of what we try, though.  My favorite part about making these isn’t eating them, it’s chatting with him while we make them and watching him gain a new skill.

Here’s a basic recipe but you should fiddle around with it to find a variation you love.  Make sure to have some wholesome grade B maple syrup on hand – our sponsor, Maple Valley Co-op sent us some of theirs.  Tasty!

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If you don’t want to use sourdough for this recipe, try this whole grain recipe that uses cultured dairy.  Here’s a coconut flour recipe.  And a gluten free recipe.

I encourage you to pick up one new tradition this year to try out with your family.  I’m a big believer in the power of wholesome traditions in families; as you can read about here and here.  Maybe Pancake Day should be the one you try first…?Pancake Maker Magic on Pancake Day l Sourdough Ebelskivers can be filled like donuts l Homestead Lady (.com)To get you started, you will need this magical pancake maker and several other fine products:

Be sure to check out my #hotforbreakfast partners and their amazing recipes: Jess at 104 HomesteadJami at An Oregon CottageSusannah at Feast & WestKathie at Homepun Seasonal Living –  Chris at Joybilee FarmSheila at Life, Love, and Good Food Lynda at Me & My Pink Mixer – Annie at Montana Homesteader – Angi at Schneiderpeeps

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The following companies generously sponsored various #hotforbreakfast month projects.  I may not have used all of them in my recipes, but this project is in no small part thanks to them and their incredible contributions: Bee RawBob’s Red Mill, Made in Nature, Maple Valley Syrup Cooperative, Now Foods, Pacific Foods, & Woodstock.

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11 thoughts on “Pancake Maker Magic on Pancake Day

  1. Our church does a Pancake Supper on Fat Tuesday, it’s always a lot of fun, and then we have our Ash Wednesday service that is always very solemn. We aren’t Catholic either though. But these sound really good, although I can’t spell it without scrolling back up! I’ll have to try them sometime. I’ll pin for later. Thanks!

    1. The Catholics have fun festivals – so do the Jews – we celebrate a lot of them and food is one of the best parts! These are very much worth a try, even if they are tricky to spell (that’s even the Anglicized version). 🙂

          1. Try refreshing the page – you should see both baking powder and baking soda. Unless my recipe plugin is malfunctioning which, honestly, wouldn’t be the first time. I’m not exactly convinced that technology makes our lives that much easier, are you?

            You can actually make these without either leavening agent because of the sourdough but to get a really good poof on the pancake, I like to use them. Let me know if you come up with something better. Also, let me know if you perfect filling them and what your method is. I’m such a spazz with the filling that it gets everywhere. Still tasty, of course, but very messy. I think I use too much filling at one time…my kids are actually better at making these than I am. Ha!

  2. These are Danish (from Denmark), not Dutch (from the Netherlands/Holland). The Dutch do have something similar, but they’re called poffertjes.

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